Eating Disorder Treatment in Cape Town

Eating disorder treatment

Only a professional can diagnose an eating disorder. It is difficult to recognise the symptoms of an eating disorder, as it is a very secret and insidious disease. There may be room for concern if you notice any of the following behaviours in yourself or a loved one:

  • Low self esteem
  • Calorie and fat gram counting
  • Obsession around only eating healthy foods
  • Denial of hunger
  • Obsessive exercise
  • Use of diet pills or steroids
  • Use of laxatives or diuretics
  • Persistent concern with body image and weight
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Wearing of baggy clothes to hide weight loss
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom
  • Avoidance of family meals
  • Hair loss and paleness
  • Loss of menstrual cycle
  • Soft downy hair on body
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Insomnia
  • Isolation and avoidance of previously enjoyed activities
  • Unusual food rituals and specific food avoidance
  • Vomiting (purging) of food after eating
  • Lower than average BMI (Body Mass Index)
  • Restricting of food and then bingeing on food

Treatment of eating disorders addresses underlying low self-esteem and poor body image issues and identifies the need for control and release of anxiety through the over eating or restriction and/or purging of food. A multi-disciplinary team facilitates an individualised programme, which assists the client in abstaining from unhelpful pre-occupation, obsession and ritual around food and eating and their bodies, whilst developing healthy eating patterns and an appropriate exercise program. New coping methods for dealing with uncomfortable feelings, and strategies for improving self-worth are put in place to facilitate on going recovery through our dialectical behaviour therapy and mindful eating programme.

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